Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
Perhaps the most widely available formula in Dove’s body wash lineup, their Sensitive Skin version isn’t a top pick for sensitive skin—at least if you’re looking to avoid fragrance (which is always a good idea, because fragrance isn’t skin care, especially not for sensitive skin). Dove misleads by labeling this “unscented” though unscented doesn’t mean “fragrance-free.” Tricky, yes, but it’s the truth.
Despite the inclusion of fragrance, the amount is low and, overall, this is a very good, gentle formula that’s suitable for normal to dry or oily skin not prone to breakouts. It cleanses effectively without leaving skin feeling dry or tight, and leaves only a hint of residue from the plant oils it contains.
Nourish your skin with our mildest cleanser ever. Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash has NutriumMoisture, a breakthrough formula of 100% natural moisturizers that can absorb completely to nourish deep down. Hypoallergenic, unscented and dermatologist-recommended.
Strengths: Inexpensive; available in every major drugstore and mass-market store; some very good body washes.
Weaknesses: The Beauty Bars are not as bad as true soaps, but all bar cleansers present problems for skin.
From its beginnings in the 1940s with its still-available original Beauty Bar, Dove has expanded and the curiously curtailed its selection of skin-care products to the point where their facial care offerings are back to nothing more than bar cleansers.
Although their Beauty Bars have their share of problems (such as containing drying ingredients and not rinsing well), they're better than traditional bar soap. However, if you can get past your propensity for bar cleansers, neighboring lines at the drugstore offer better, gentler, water soluble cleansers (the kind Dove has offered in the past).
Where Dove holds sway at the drugstore is with its vast selection of body washes. Although the formulas often differ only by fragrance, for the most part they are excellent, affordable options, especially for normal to dry skin. The body washes in their men's line aren't quite as elegant as those in the main line, and guys should know their skin will do just fine with Dove's regular body washes.
Note: All Dove products contain fragrance unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Dove, call (800) 761-3683 or visit www.dove.com.
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